Briefings and responses

On behalf of its members, the cross-party LGA regularly briefs parliamentarians of all political affiliations on issues of concern and relevance to local government ahead of debates in Parliament. The most recent of these can be found here, as can the LGA's written responses to parliamentary inquiries, such as those held by Select Committees.

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LGA debate on the number of vulnerable children in England, House of Lords, 14 December 2017

The Children’s Commissioner’s report highlights the complexity of issues facing young people and their families.

Debate on the provision of children’s services - House of Commons - 12 December 2017

The Department for Education’s most recent figures show there were 72,670 children in care in England on 31 March 2017. Of these, 53,420 were cared for in a foster placement, including 8,830 placed with family or friends. 2,520 were placed for adoption, representing 3 per cent of all looked-after children.

LGA - Debate on the role of education - House of Lords - 8 December 2017

Councils play a strong role in providing good school places, with 91 percent of maintained schools rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, compared with 85 per cent of academies and 84 per cent of free schools.

LGA response to the DfE consultation ‘Revised guidance for virtual school heads and designated teachers’, November 2017

The LGA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the new guidance for local authorities and schools on promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children. This is a positive policy that should help to improve educational outcomes for some of our most vulnerable children and young people and help them to get the support they need to achieve their potential.

LGA response to the DfE consultation ‘Corporate parenting, the local offer and personal adviser support’, November 2017

The LGA supports the corporate parenting principles within the Children and Social Work Act 2017, and welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft guidance on their implementation.

Debate on school places and fair funding, House of Lords, Thursday 16 November 2017

LGA briefing on the House of Lords debate on school places and fair funding, Thursday 16 November 2017

Debate on children’s oral health, House of Commons, Tuesday 31 October 2017

Councils have been calling for the Government to take tough action on sugar including reducing the amount of sugar in soft drinks and introducing teaspoon labelling on the front of products.

Debate on the school funding formula, Wednesday 28 June 2017

A national formula to ensure fairness between schools in different areas is welcome, but an element of local flexibility must be retained in the implementation of this policy.

Fostering stocktake submission: 18 June 2017

This stocktake is a positive opportunity to review current services and make sure that the system is working as well as possible, and in particular we appreciate the constructive dialogue that the DfE has already instigated with the sector.

Response to the Department for Education’s stage two consultation on high needs funding formula and other reforms

The High Needs National Funding Formula (NFF) proposals will be in place for at least four years, according to the Stage 2 consultation documents. Therefore, it is essential that the NFF provides a robust and equitable method of funding provision and services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and vulnerabilities.

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